Snoring & Oral Appliances

There is no such thing as “benign” snoring! “Second hand” snoring is a real pain with consequences.

is more than just noise, it is associated with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Unhappy bed partners
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Poor performance and behavior issues in school
  • OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA). The definition of apnea: “without  breath” … it means you stop breathing in your sleep

is associated with all snoring consequences and:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • Weight gain/obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Challenges with pregnancy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Car crashes
  • Accidents at work
  • Cognitive problem solving
  • In severe, untreated, sleep apnea, increased odds of death from any cause.

Oral Appliances
can Help.

Oral Appliances are devices used to treat a MEDICAL
condition. They are considered Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and require a prescription from a medical doctor.

How Do Oral Appliances Work?

Oral appliances hold the lower jaw forward; this bring the tongue away from the back of the throat. Also, muscle tone in the tongue, palate, uvula, and muscles that form the walls of the throat are improved, making the throat less collapsible.
Below are views of a compromised airway and one with an oral appliance solution in place.

Over the Counter “Boil & Bite” appliances vs. custom fit appliance?

“Boil and bite” appliances purchased in a store or on the internet may help a small number of people for a short time. They may be useful as an interim appliance temporarily when a custom appliance needs to be sent to the laboratory for adjustment or repair. They tend to not stay in the mouth very well and are not made as strong as custom appliances.

In a research study, over the counter appliances have been shown to be less comfortable and less effective than custom appliances. If they don’t work well a person may feel discouraged and believe that all oral appliances are no good. This would be a disservice to people who are really suffering and really may need this valuable treatment option.
Below are several examples of oral appliances: